Shaw University is the latest recipient of a grant from IBM aimed at positioning the institution for epic growth. The $56,000 in-kind Impact Grant will be used for strategic planning to support teaching, research, service and financial growth at the 150 year old university. Shaw is the first historically black college or university in the nation to receive an IBM Impact Grant to be used for strategic planning.
“With a changing academic landscape, it’s imperative that we have a strong strategic plan that will address the needs of our global environment,” said Shaw President Dr. Tashni Dubroy. “These funds will be used to create a new strategic plan and identify the strategic priorities and goals that we believe will help drive improvements in academics, financial stability and infrastructure. Thank you to IBM for supporting our EPIC vision,” Dubroy said.
Since becoming president of Shaw University in August 2015, Dr. Dubroy’s E.P.I.C. leadership initiative has been focused on building the institution’s capacity by enhancing policy, promoting fundraising and resource development, and marketing Shaw University as a leading producer of globally competitive citizens. Her strategic vision is fueled by optimizing technology, cultivating business and community partnerships, and making data driven business decisions; all in an effort to create a superior learning experience for Shaw students.
For decades IBM has backed innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing education. The strategic planning grant is one of several Impact Grants earmarked to support educational and not-for-profit organizations.
IBM consultants are currently working with Shaw administrators to develop a long-term strategic plan with prioritized initiatives that will help the university achieve its mission and vision.
The Impact Grants reflect IBM’s bold approach to community affairs. Other IBM initiatives are designed to improve economic development; the study and application of science, technology, engineering and math; as well as urban and societal issues.